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The small nation of Wales is the modern descendent of the ancient Celtic Britons who originally inhabited Great Britain. Their culture and traditions have been reinvented and live on through the writings of antiquarians and poets such as Iolo Morgannwg but their contribution to modern Britain is in more than ancient practises. We have put together a list of the best hotels and castle hotels in Wales that you should visit.

A Welsh aristocrat called Harri Tudur marched his Welsh army on London and established the Tudor dynasty, perhaps the most famous of all British Monarchies. The political reform and centralisation that followed led to a period of incredible political and economic inclusiveness that established Great Britain as a world leader in trade and discovery.

Wales was also groundbreaking in other ways, with Cyfie Farm set in the heart of the serene landscape that inspired a spiritual revolution in the 18th century. It also became the world’s first industrialised nation. As workers became more skilled, Wales time and again led the call for social change and greater plutocratic rights for workers. This culminated in the Socialist figure Aneurin Bevan who created the World’s first national health system available to all regardless of background.

The original thinking and bold actions of such historical figures is typical in Welsh history and is felt in the stone walls of castles and the built industrial legacy that litter Wales’ contrasting landscapes. You can explore this history today by staying in one of Wales' stunning castle hotels such as Glandyfi Castle or a Georgian mansion, Nanteos.   

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Cardiff

Britain's youngest capital is home to 346,000 and receives over 600,000 visitors each year. The Victorian shopping arcades are glittered with independent boutiques and cafés. Standing tall in the centre of the city is Cardiff Castle, no expense was spared on the lavish interior with the help of architect William Burges. Take a tour - you won't be disappointed. Other top picks - watch a rugby game at the historic Cardiff Arms Park or an International game at The Millennium Stadium; Step back in time at St Fagans National History Museum with impeccably preserved homes dating as far back as 1805. The Cardiff Bay Beach popup is situated just outside Wales Millennium Centre, the perfect place to cool off over the summer months - open until 25th September 2015.